The Buyer decision is made right at the front door. Sometimes in the front yard. Sometimes off the photos posted on Internet. So this is a great reminder to take care of first impressions FIRST. Paint that door. Paint those shutters. Spruce up those flower beds. Become their love at first sight HOME.
The First Impression is Truly the Only Impression When Selling your House.
You can’t read an article on staging or preparing your home for sale without seeing or hearing the phrase “You only have one chance to make a first impression.”
It’s true. You and I make first impressions every day… impressions of the people we meet, the stories we read, anything we see.
And, if you think that first impressions don’t matter because they’re only fleeting, a study done in 2011 has shown that first impressions last a lot longer than previously thought.
What that means when selling your house is that you can’t wait for the Buyer to see your new kitchen or how lovely your pool area is.
You have to be proactive and make sure your first impression is the very best it could be.
And that means you’d better smile and say “cheese” when your photos are posted on the MLS.
If your photos don’t say “I’m the home you’re looking for” your Buyer or agent won’t even make an appointment to see it.
What YOU can do!
1.Make sure you hire the right real estate agent.
Nothing against your cousin’s friend’s fiance who just received their Real Estate license but you want the best local expert you can hire to help protect your investment.
Look at their listings. Look at the pictures they include. Do they hire a professional photographer for their listings?
2.Do everything you can to make sure that your property is in show-ready and camera-ready condition.
Hire a Home Stager or ask your Realtor for advice.
Play “Buyer” and come to your front door and step inside. Do you like what you see?
3.Don’t make the mistake of forgetting the importance of curb appeal.
Buyers make up their minds as they are approaching your house- before their car has even come to a stop. They want to like your home. However, if they pull up and the impression is not positive, the inside of your house is facing an uphill battle.
When selling your house, first impressions DO matter and they are very hard to break.
Do everything you can to make sure your first impression is a good one!